Acclaimed Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker describes Madeline Hildebrand as “an extraordinary young artist whose communicative skills convey the essence of all that she plays. Her pianism is of the highest level, and she has an instinctive understanding of beautiful sound.”
Madeline Hildebrand’s love for piano music has directed her path from the age of six, culminating in a Master of Piano Performance from the University of British Columbia under the tutelage of distinguished Canadian artist, Jane Coop. Previously she earned a performance degree with Judy Kehler Siebert at the University of Manitoba, where she also received a Millennium Scholarship. The opportunities afforded before and since have been numerous and exhilarating, including the prestigious WMC McLellan first prize in live solo performance with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and a silver medal finish in the 2013 E-gré National Piano competition
Madeline has been awarded scholarships to study with such luminaries as Andre Laplante, John Perry, Gilbert Kalish and Seymour Lipkin among others, through programs at Orford, Banff, Icicle Creek (Leavenworth, WA) and twice at Kneisel Hall, Maine. Her performances have taken her on tour across Canada as collaborative pianist with Canadian soprano Sarah Kirsch, into Italy (Cassalmaggiore International Music Festival) and Romania (Eastern European Cultural Arts Festival). In Manitoba she has been a frequent performer with the Women's Musical Club, has collaborated with area composers in new music for Manitoba’s Cluster Festival and the Agassiz Summer Music Festival, presented numerous house concerts through the Home Routes Association and twice appeared in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Soundbytes Series. Madeline has been most enthusiastically received in performances of The Adventures of Pianowoman!™ (Randolph Peters), most recently with the Thunder Bay Symphony. She returns regularly to teach and perform with the Rosamunde Summer Music Academy and is establishing herself as an adjudicator, master class instructor and an in-demand chamber musician with Manitoba’s foremost classical players.
A recent addition to Virtuosi Concerts board of directors, Madeline along with Artistic Director Harry Strub and Executive Director Andrew Thomson launched the Young Artist Program, where a young professional Manitoba musician has the opportunity to open each concert in the season. The program is gearing towards offering scholarships and masterclasses to these young performers.
Madeline is active with her newly created chamber group Ensemble Exchange. The group is active in the concert scene across Manitoba and is planning for an Israel tour in 2018.
Upcoming engagements in the 2017/18 season include concerts with the Winnipeg New Music Festival playing the Philip Glass etudes along with Glass himself, Virtuosi Concerts series, the Brandon University Pro Series, and masterclasses and adjudicating festivals in towns across Manitoba. Maddy is a sessional instructor at CMU where she maintains a vibrant studio of young adults.